Maps vs. GPS

Posted on July 31, 2012


Online maps and GPS’s may be the preferred tools for navigation, but paper maps still have their place.  While GPS devices display accurate and detailed transportation routes, physical maps provide you with choices and a bigger picture.  MarketMAPS takes a look at the pros and cons of both maps and GPS devices. 


One wilderness enthusiast noted, when consulting Google Maps before a drive: “The suggested route included a Jeep trail that was built in 1916-17 to 1913 wagon-trail standards, had been closed to traffic since 1938, and sat in a designated wilderness open only to hikers and horses.”  He found numerous other discrepancies in Google Maps’ directions, including one that told him to drive through a hiking tunnel that has been closed for 74 years.


Digital maps and GPS devices may not always have the most up-to-date data and relying on them when you are in an emergency doesn’t always produce the best results.  Physical maps have varying degrees of detail and allow you to take a step back and view the bigger picture.  You have a sense of freedom with paper maps that you don’t have with their digital counterparts.  You can choose routes based on points of interest and you don’t have an electronic voice constantly correcting your turns.

However, GPS and digital/online maps have their place.  For one thing, they are much easier to transport.  You can also select varying degrees of details to be displayed at any given time: city names, county boundaries, etc.  Digital maps allow a level of interactivity.  You can zoom in, zoom out, display alternate routes, get drive time estimates…While not always 100% accurate, GPS devices and digital maps can calculate routes for you, leaving you more time to concentrate on your driving and sight-seeing.

With feet planted firmly in both the physical and digital maps worlds, MarketMAPS provides its clients with the maps they need, when they need them.  We produce the most accurate wall maps, map books, and digital maps.  With MarketMAPS, you never have to worry about out of date maps.  We update our maps every month, providing our customers with the most precise maps available.


Contact MarketMAPS today and discover how our wall maps, map books, and digital maps can help you get where you need to go. 

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